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Wellness and Mental Health

mental health and wellness ayueveda and yoga

 

The past year has been very different and trying for each and every one of us. Some of us have pulled through fairly well, some have suffered a great deal and some have emerged triumphant.

How does this happen? What makes some better at handling difficult , daily situations more than others?

Their Mental health and overall Wellness quotient maybe the answer to it all.

 

 

Mental health is essential to a person’s well-being, for a healthy family and interpersonal relationships and the ability to live a full and productive life.

 

Mental health is a positive concept related to the social and emotional wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Good mental health or being mentally healthy is more than just the absence of illness, rather it’s a state of overall wellbeing.

The concept generally relates to:

  • Enjoyment of life
  • Having the ability to cope with and ‘bounce back’ from stress and sadness - being resilient
  • Being able to set and fulfil goals
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with others.

 

Wellness is a combination of a person's physical, mental, emotional and social health factors and is not just the absence of disease or illness. Wellness is strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction. In short, it can be described as how you feel about yourself and your life.

Wellness is the act of following healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health, so that instead of just surviving, you’re thriving.

Social connectedness, exercise, nutrition, sleep and mindfulness are the different dimensions that make up a persons wellness quotient.

 

It's easy for us to take our mental health for granted; to prioritize other things over our health. But these are some little things everyone can do. The following are some tips to get you started in the right direction -

  1. Sleep and rest well.  This is usually the first thing we trade in when we get busy or stressed.
  2. Take time out for things you enjoy doing. Balance in life is very important.
  3. Get adequate exercise and eat nutritious food.
  4. Connect with others around you
  5. Manage stress. with yoga, pranayama and meditation
  6. Get involved and join in group activities. There is so much happening online and in small outdoor groups
  7. Accept and love yourself. Everyone is different and this is what makes each one Special.
  8. Reach for help when you need it. Everyone needs help and support at some time or the other. 
  9. Try to find work that you find enjoyable and rewarding. At the end of the day just working for the best pay is not soul satisfying.

 

A strong long term goal should be to make yoga (pranayama and meditation, not just asanas) along with a planned ayurvedic diet a daily necessity. This, by far is the most wholesome way forward.

 

Photo by Artem Kovalev
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